About Us

Our Mission

Caregivers of New Jersey is dedicated to providing a central point of contact on caregiving issues, resulting in more effective information dissemination, increased support and awareness and advocacy.

Caregivers of New Jersey was formed in response to the growing number of caregivers within the state. With more than 1.1 million caregivers in the state, Caregivers of New Jersey will work to shed light on the mounting needs of caregivers and increased need for support.

In addition, Caregivers of New Jersey has developed a Support Coordination team which supports many of the 1,850 individuals living in developmental centers who wish to be transitioned into the community. Support Coordination is a consumer driven process where by individuals choose where they would like to live and who they would like to support them.

Caregiving is the act of assisting someone you care about, who is chronically ill or disabled and unable to care for him/herself. Caring for a family member with a disability can be both a rewarding and an overwhelming experience. Sometimes the demands of the caregiving role can cause the person giving care to lose focus of his or her own needs and identity, and feelings of depression or burn-out may set in.

Caregiver Numbers

Between 44 and 54 million people provide care for a loved one in the United States. More than a quarter of the adult population has provided care for a chronically ill, disabled, or older family member at some time.

There are over 1.06 million caregivers in New Jersey alone.

Disabilities Services

80% of new people applying for state Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD) services are under the age of 22. Approximately 24,000 people, out of a total of 37,000 who are registered with DDD, live with their families. That’s 65% of people registered with DDD, and yet these families receive only 9% of DDD’s budget to help care for their family member.

Caregiver Needs

Caregivers are twice as likely as non-caregivers to report physical and mental health complications and experience 63% more mortality risks than non-caregivers. Caregivers suffer from an increased risk of depression, anxiety disorders, diminished immune response, slower wound healing, and a greater incidence of hospitalization than do non-caregivers. 
More Caregiving Statistics
  • 1 in 8 caregivers will become injured as a direct result of caregiving.
  • The prevalence of age-related diseases and conditions will rise sharply and lead to an increased need for care if nothing is done.
  • Over the course of a caregiving “career,” family caregivers who provide intense personal care can lose as much as $659,000 in wages, pensions, and Social Security.
  • Half of caregivers say their caregiving has resulted in less time for family and friends. 44 percent also report giving up vacations, hobbies and social activities as a result of their caregiving responsibilities.
  • Thinking ahead, 66 percent of the population — or more than 138 million Americans — believe they will need to provide care to someone in the future.
  • Family caregiving accounts for 80% of the long term care provided in the US at a value of more than $300 billion annually.
  • Because of the lack of support services, most caregivers either miss work or are forced to quit their jobs, causing a decrease in productivity which has been estimated to cost US employers around $34 billion per year.
  • 2.5 million grandparent-headed families are rasing 3.9 million children. Grandparent caregivers are 60% more likely to be in poverty than grandparents without such responsibilities.
  • By 2020, adults requiring assistance with daily living will double, where will the help come from?
  • 87% of caregivers do not believe their lives will improve without legislative action

We’re Here to Help

If you would like to learn more about the Support Coordination team and initiatives, please call 732-262-8020 or toll free at 877-265-6360

Job Opportunities

Caregivers of NJ seeks professionals who can demonstrate creativity, passion, teamwork, self-motivation and commitment to the CNJ’s mission. If you share these values and thrive on making a real impact, this is your time to use your education and your professional experiences to make a difference in the lives of New Jersey residents.

Click here for all opportunities within The Family Resource Network.

New Jersey Support Coordination Staff

Senior Management Team

Eileen Coyne

Senior Vice President, Case Management

 

Stacy O’Donnell

Director, Support Coordination

Clerical Team

Ellan Friday

Administrative Assistant

Andrea Ciavolella

Clerical Support

Victoria “Vicki” Johnson

Clerical Staff

Leonard Tarnowski

Clerical Support

Support Coordinators Supervisors

Maria Schiavello

Support Coordinator Supervisor

Matthew Coder

Support Coordination Supervisor

Denia Galvez

Support Coordination Supervisor

Support Coordinators

Gus Stewart

Support Coordinator

Michelle Wheeler

Support Coordinator

Eileen Froehlich

Support Coordinator

Deon Mingo

Support Coordinator

Stephanie Douranakis

Support Coordinator

Stephanie Douranakis

Support Coordinator

Victoria DeTata

Support Coordinator

Sonnie Kollie

Support Coordinator

Antoinette Johnson

Support Coordinator

Trisha Bailey

Support Coordinator

Carlos Gomez

Support Coordinator

Lucy Ayim

Support Coordinator

Ed Wyckoff

Support Coordinator

Matt Russo

Support Coordinator

Karen M Maxson

Support Coordinator

Barry McManaman

Support Coordinator

Natalie Trump

Support Coordinator

Natalie Trump

Support Coordinator

Tara McLaughlin

Support Coordinator

Alice Sheret

Support Coordinator

Allison Wawrin

Support Coordinator

Miholly Primus

Support Coordinator

Chanell Cutler

Support Coordinator

Michelle Salowe

Support Coordinator

Lisa Dunham

Support Coordinator

Christine McVaugh

Support Coordinator

Stacy Burger

Support Coordinator

Roseann Stuetz

Support Coordinator

Jessica Manfre

Support Coordinator

Jessica Manfre

Support Coordinator

Tara Purasson

Support Coordinator

Catalina Castelan

Support Coordinator

Sarah Jacob

Support Coordinator

Ama Somuah

Support Coordinator

Christine Artis

Support Coordinator

Tira Wright

Support Coordinator

Heather Cappuccio

Support Coordinator

Jacqueline “Jackie” Rodman

Support Coordinator

Ashley Bechtle

Support Coordinator

Jennifer Gavilanes

Support Coordinator

Ryan Bravo

Support Coordinator

Ryan Bravo

Support Coordinator

Asma Zubi

Support Coordinator

Karen Massie

Support Coordinator

Josephine Moog

Support Coordinator

Briana Bailey

Support Coordinator

Courtney Nottingham

Support Coordinator

Tynetta Maye

Support Coordinator

If you are unable to reach any individual by business cell phone please call our office number, 877-265-6360, to leave a message on our general mailbox, which is checked regularly Monday – Friday from 9am – 5pm.